Out athlete Eric Radford takes home gold in Winter Olympics first

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When he was selected to go to the games last month, Rippon became the first openly gay USA athlete to be selected to participate in the Winter Olympics.

Radford is Canadian and along with skating partner Meagan Duhmel impressed the judges with their routine to the song "Hometown Glory" by Adele.

LGBTQ athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics had a strong showing during the first weekend of the Games. He went on to win the World Championships with Duhamel in 2015.

On Twitter, Radford wrote "This is wonderful!"

Radford originally came out in December 2014, a little less than a year after the 2014 Olympics in Sochi concluded.

"This is fantastic! I literally feel like I might explode with pride", Radford wrote on Twitter after winning the gold.

At the time, he said: "I used to joke around that I'm the ultimate pair-boy".

Eric Radford skated with partner Meagan Duhamel for Canada on the weekend, while Adam Rippon skated solo for the United States of America this morning.

Speaking after his performance, Rippon said: "I want to throw up". Not just bullying but people who just thought I couldn't make it, people in skating who don't like how Meagan and I skate, people who say we don't deserve the marks we get. "I'll be fine.' But I kept it together".

One wrote: "You are such a class act and in New Orleans we took time off from Mardi Gras to give you one enormous standing ovation - sooo proud!"

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